This 100m-long street, named from 1839 after Louis XIII’s doctor (1586-1641) who planted up the nearby Jardin Royal with medicinal plants from 1635. It is now known as the Jardin des Plantes. The street runs from the Rue Jussieu to the Rue Linné.
In 1928 the International Quaker Centre of the Society of Friends in Paris opened an International Youth Circle at No. 12. Every Tuesday it used to hold meetings with a range of pacifist, trade union, religious and political figures speaking.
One of those who started to attend in the early 1930s was Lucie Bernard (Aubrac). Among the speakers were Gandhi, Ilya Ehrenbourg, Jean Zay and René Belin, the anti-Communist trade unionist who became Minister of Labour under the Vichy Government and who after the war helped to rebuild ‘yellow unions’ in France.